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Poll: Is Man-Made Climate Change Leading to Extreme Weather Events?

Hurricanes, tornadoes and mild winter could be result of global warming, some believe.

Stephen Vavrus of the Center for Climatic Research in Madison, WI, is among a group of scientists who contend that extreme weather—like Tuesday’s twisters in Texas—is an outgrowth of man-made climate change, aka global warming.  In the attached video, Vavrus argues that we are now witnessing the immediate effects of climate change in the growing number of floods, droughts, snowstorms, heat waves and other unusual weather events. Agree or not?

Ray Kamada April 06, 2012 at 03:33 AM
1970's predictions of a looming ice age is another popular myth among die-hard skeptics of global warming. Actually, there were about 44 peer-reviewed global warming papers published in the 1970's, compared to 6 or 7 global cooling papers, of which only one predicted an ice age. However, the minority meme happened to get headlined by Time and Newsweek. Ergo, it became another urban legend, subsequently popularized by the Heartland and Cato Institutes, the same people who for 30 years claimed there's no linkage between smoking and cancer or heart disease. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_cooling http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/Myth-1970-Global-Cooling-BAMS-2008.pdf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB3S0fnOr0M
Komfort April 06, 2012 at 03:53 AM
You really didn't want to know, did you?
Komfort April 06, 2012 at 04:12 AM
" (f) The prevailing opinion is that the U.S. needs a smart, super-grid and tandem, natural gas-cycled power plants in order to handle wind energy in excess of 20–25% of total electricity. As mentioned, Denmark has already attained that level, with plans to exceed 50% by supplementing and/or replacing its many small district CHP (combined heat and power) plants with heat pumps, and converting to hybrids and all-electric vehicles. In fairness, we also note, as part of the larger Nordic grid, that Denmark regularly accesses Norway and Sweden’s hydro resources, which provides considerable de facto storage and backup power. 14" http://m.jrse.aip.org/resource/1/jrsebh/v3/i5/p050401_s1?view=fulltext&bypassSSO=1 Oops, we were talking about reliable solar weren't we.
Kevin George April 06, 2012 at 05:05 PM
John Holdren, the current senior adviser to the President on science and technology and Paul Erlich ( hardly ignored slouches) wrote a book in the 70s ironically titled "Betrayal of Science and Reason" in which they touted global cooling that includes this comment on the effect of humans on the climate: “There can be scant consolation in the idea that a man-made warming trend might cancel out a natural cooling trend. Since the different factors producing the two trends do so by influencing different parts of Earth’s complicated climatic machinery, it is most unlikely that the associated effects on circulation patterns would cancel each other.” There may have been other theories at the the time but these were the theories that were the cause dejur. They were the theories on the front of Newsweek and Time , the same way as the hysteria of global warming was put forth to us a decade ago.
Dave Fenner April 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Well, I live just 3 miles from the beach, and I'll have beachfront property before you are even near it! And, I don't allow Prius owners on my property, so don't come near. I still drive my 1965 Plymouth, so manufacturing a new car, and all that processing of materials that contributes to particles in the atmosphere in making your new car, was avoided. The only way you'll have beachfront property in 20 years is to move to the beach. Please don't buy any more new manufactured goods on the way.

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